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FYI my post today: Christians wrong about heaven, NT Wright says
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Walking and reading at the same time is NOT a good idea. But you know that now...
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2008 on RIP MacBook at bob.blog
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Thanks Tony.
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2008 on The New Christians at bob.blog
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I chose to go with "emergent" for three reasons: 1) It's what I'm a part of, and it's what I know. Yes, it's narrower than "emerging," and that's OK with me. I didn't want to be accused of misrepresenting the broader category. That would have been my guess - writing about what you know makes most sense. I expect you'll be criticized enough already without adding onto that 'emerging' Christians who accuse you of misrepresenting them. Maybe in heaven we'll all just be "Christians," Tony, I know you didn't really mean that.
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2008 on The New Christians at bob.blog
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Bob, why are you so against Hillary?
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2008 on Obama VS Huckabee at bob.blog
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His thought was that someday someone in a bulky sweater will walk in to a mega church and detonate some devise that will kill thousands, and people will quit attending worship services at such places because of a fear of security vulnerability and safety issues. I don't really understand this - because when I went to church I was always hearing about 'heroic Christians overseas' who continued to worship together even though they might be killed for it. That's heroic - yet when it comes to our own shores all of a sudden it's not ok to do anything Christian unless it's 'safe'? Safe meaning, we can shoot to kill before the other person does? I thought Jesus said, pray for those who persecute you, not shoot them. This isn't addressed to you Mark even though I quoted you - it's just general comments about the situation disturbing me.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2007 on Guns or God at bob.blog
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Check out Eric's comment - from now on he's always going to take his handgun to church.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2007 on Guns or God at bob.blog
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I agree, Bob. The armed security guard at church issue bothers me too. Anyway my thoughts about the Colorado shooting are on my blog.
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2007 on Guns or God at bob.blog
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Wow, when did THIS blog theme happen? Very nice :) You might not like this...but it IS about taking time (to be spiritual) - it's the entry on my blog today. We Dare To Say by Ken Trainor
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2007 on busyness... at bob.blog
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Why does winking preclude listening and being teachable? I thought it mostly meant "I have a sense of humor and I have enough emotional restraint not to get really angry at you". It's possible to have those things AND be teachable isn't it? I definitely agree with you on the importance of being teachable, so, if a choice has to be made, I'd vote for teachable not winking. However, I thought both were possible.
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2007 on Why I'm not... at bob.blog
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Andrew, I agree. I've been listening to Mark's podcast. Here's a summary of it: Brian says... Doug says... Rob says... But the Bible is exceedingly clear. And when they say those things Jesus is insulted and God's feelings are hurt. Plus Mark gets to say "lying whore" a whole bunch of times when addressing whether it matters whether Mary was a virgin. And I just got to "Brian's organization Deep Shift which someone accidently put an f in". Mark gives lots of lip-service to Jesus but it sure sounds like his object of worship is The Clarity Of The Bible.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2007 on Driscoll podcast up... at bob.blog
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Like Rich said, the virgin birth is theologically necessary for Jesus to be sinless because sin is passed down through the human male line - or something like that. You people who don't think it matters theologically need to go study why conservatives think it does. At least seek to understand their position, whether you agree or not.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2007 on Driscoll podcast up... at bob.blog
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I expect Mark Driscoll is quite happy right now because of the new CT article about him.
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2007 on Battle of the Mars Hills... at bob.blog
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This was my response over on Scot's blog. I think Scot hit the nail on the head when he said “You cannot possibly live by the Jesus Creed and turn your focus to satire”, because I don’t see evidence of love behind the Christian satire I read. Christians play word games and say “Ah, but it IS loving because I am sharing truth!” but no, love is a matter of motive, of what’s in the heart. The motive I sense behind the Christian satire I read is scoring points with unkind put-downs of other people. I do not consider this loving. People in good relationships give each other permission to tease each other. I think it’s presumptuous to assume that permission with strangers; I think respect is the best way to start a relationship. And I know people use Jesus’ words to the Pharisees, or some of Paul’s words as an ‘excuse’ to use unkind satire. But is that really what God intended the Bible for? To help us find excuses for what we like to do? Or is it to call us to better behavior which truly follows the spirit of the Jesus Creed?
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2007 on Satire and the Jesus Follower... at bob.blog
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Thanks for posting this, Bob. I posted it on my blog (I said I found it here :)) I think it's interesting that this is from Doug Pagitt's youtube account. That implies he was happy with his defense of yoga. (Don't watch his other stuff on there, like getting stitches in his hand...ewwww, why did he post that?) I would say, Doug's answer made it easy for John to say "What does that have to do with Christianity?" If representatives of Emergent Village want conservative Christians to take them at all seriously they do need to avoid all hint that they are promoting a Christianity based on self (imo). Ummmm....I think I will post my other comments on my own blog in due course.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2007 on Dougy P vs JohnnyMac! at bob.blog
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Thanks for posting this, Bob. I posted it on my blog (I said I found it here :)) I think it's interesting that this is from Doug Pagitt's youtube account. That implies he was happy with his defense of yoga. (Don't watch his other stuff on there, like getting stitches in his hand...ewwww, why did he post that?) I would say, Doug's answer made it easy for John to say "What does that have to do with Christianity?" If representatives of Emergent Village want conservative Christians to take them at all seriously they do need to avoid all hint that they are promoting a Christianity based on self (imo). Ummmm....I think I will post my other comments on my own blog in due course.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2007 on Dougy P vs JohnnyMac! at bob.blog
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Neat prayer. I hope your preaching goes well Sunday.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2007 on Prayer of Humility at bob.blog
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oh, ok, I get it now - thanks for explaining, Makeesha.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2007 on Not Trying... at bob.blog
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Makeesha, when someone else does that it's proof-texting. When I do it, it's a legitimate way for me to prove what I'm saying is incontravertible because it's in the Bible. "God said it, I believe it, that settles it" ;-) Seriously, what do you base "it's what we Christians are "called" to do right?" on, if not a Bible passage?
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2007 on Not Trying... at bob.blog
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Makeesha wrote: Bob has allowed open dialog here with Phil - and yet Bob's comment are removed from his blog? that's not a call for Bob to live in peace, it's something that is worthy of challenge which is what I see Bob doing, he's calling "them" out and in their own words, it's what we Christians are "called" to do right? It's definitely not called for some Bible passages - like the 'turn the other cheek' one. If you can find a passage supporting what you said I won't argue against it. You need to remind me...it's been a while since I was reading the Bible in any sort of systematic way. These days I just look up specific passage when I want to back up what I'm saying in a Christian environment and I need to make sure I'm remembering a passage correctly ;-)
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2007 on Not Trying... at bob.blog
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Bob, I understand - I doubt they will move on, though. To do so would be to abandon the responsibility they believe is theirs, to do all they can to fix the theology of the EC. I.e. to do so would be to depart from what they believe God has called them to do. That's what I would think anyway - not that I really know since I'm not a whatever-they-are. (What do they call themselves? I honestly don't know; 'whatever-they-are' wasn't meant as an insult) All I know is, I have had to let go in situations which I feel are entirely unfair, in which the other person/people are convinced they did/said the right thing - the Godly thing. And when I didn't let go, I only made myself miserable. Ok, I'm still working on letting go of some stuff ;-)
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2007 on Not Trying... at bob.blog
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p.s. Bob I am as much in favor of respectful dialog as you.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2007 on Not Trying... at bob.blog
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Bob, why does this matter so much to you? What are you trying to prove and why? Makeesha, I don't think I intended to say that. I would rather Christians not be mean. Clearly Christians draw the line in different places regarding "is it ok to intentionally offend?" My opinion about each situation is nothing more than my opinion.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2007 on Not Trying... at bob.blog
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Bob, what was the context of Phil's comment? What was he responding to? Did you post a comment on his blog about John MacArthur that was deleted? When you find out someone is sensitive about something you have lots of choices. You can do it more just to annoy them; you can do what you think they would do when they find out you're sensitive about something (do unto others as they would do to you rather than as you would have them do unto you); you can make fun of them; you can be sarcastic about how sensitive they are; you can argue that what you said was reasonable; you can decide not to do it any more since it upsets them, as an act of kindness, even though you think their sensitivity isn't justified; you can apologize even though you think there's nothing to apologize for, as a peace offering...the world is your oyster, basically. Actually, not the whole world; but your own blog is your place to do whatever you want. It depends what your priorities are and what you're trying to achieve; who you want to be like and who you don't want to be like. I doubt you intended it as a cheap shot; however, when Jesus said "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift." - he didn't include the condition "if your brother has something against you and it's justified". On the other hand Paul said to be at peace with everyone as far as it's possible with you - being helpfully realistic that it takes two to make peace. If the other person doesn't want it on your terms, you can't make it happen by yourself. And presumably - if the Bible is true - Jesus would be the first to agree that even if you could do everything sinlessly and perfectly, some people might still misconstrue what you say and do.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2007 on Not Trying... at bob.blog
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Thanks for responding, Frank. When I got back from my vacation I saw some blogs about the posters. I'm not a conservative Christian or an Emergent/emerging Christian so I don't have to have an opinion or take sides about those specifically. I posted my opinion about laughing at people on my blog last month: laughing at people I also have opinions about how I wish people who are misunderstood would respond but I don't think I've posted those on my blog. Basically if they are doing their best to respond like Jesus responded to being misunderstood, I'm good with that.
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2007 on Fun... at bob.blog
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